Subject: West Side Update – June 11

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Redeemer WestSide
WestSide Update
June 11, 2012

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Chris Malynowski
Physician's Assistant

Deacon

Chris Malynowski has lived in NYC since 1999, and on the UWS for nine years. He and his wife, Hyo Jin, both work at Mt. Sinai Hospital—but no, they didn't meet there. 

Chris and Hyo recently bought their first apartment near Columbia University. For Chris, the decision to buy was influenced by the RENEW campaign. He'd thought he would move out to New Jersey when he had a family, but hearing Tim's call to commit to the city, Chris said, "I just thought, 'Why not, why not do it? Why not commit to this and see what the community will be like when we go to these separate congregations?' I wanted to not just support it financially but to really be on the ground floor, to really be in it."

Chris became a deacon on May 20th. He's also the usher coordinator for the 11:15 a.m. service and has previously served as a fellowship group leader, host and leader coach. 

Chris thinks little things have made a big difference since we launched our congregation, like having Children's Ministries on site so that all families and singles socialize in the same space after services. He likes that we have the W83 Ministry Center—he and Hyo even hope to have a birthday party there for their now 10-month-old daughter, Ella.

Favorite UWS spots:
As a competitive runner, Chris loves running in Central Park. But since he's become a father, he says there's something even better: "Now I’d say my favorite thing is walks around Morningside park with my daughter—it’s pretty magical."

Hello ,

Each week as I reflect on the various things to write, one constant remains—gratitude for being part of God’s community on the West Side. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in his book Life Together, captures that sentiment this way:

“Christian community is ... a gift of God which we cannot claim. ... The more thankfully we daily receive what is given to us, the more surely and steadily will fellowship increase and grow from day to day as God pleases.”

I was able to experience that gift last week during our annual Elder’s Retreat. Each year we gather together on a Friday and Saturday for an extended time of prayer, reflection, vision casting, training, dining and fun. This year the West Side elders set aside time during the retreat to ask the question:

How can the West Side Congregation reinforce Redeemer as a church not for ourselves (Romans 15:3) in the next phase of our journey? That is, how do we:

  • Warmly welcome and engage those who come through our doors;
  • Effectively equip, train and pastorally care for our leaders and congregants;
  • Faithfully serve our neighbors and neighborhood.

I am grateful for the gift of our congregation’s leaders, like the Elders. And as you “thankfully receive” the gift of community as part of our WS Congregation, I want to encourage you to prayerfully ask yourself the question, “How can I reinforce Redeemer as a church not for ourselves in the weeks and months ahead?”

“We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. We should all please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. For even Christ did not please himself.” – Romans 15: 1-3

Gratefully,


Rev. David Bisgrove

Community
Affiliation and Membership
Yesterday we were excited to welcome new members and celebrate new baptisms! As many of you know, we encourage membership at Redeemer. We believe that this type of commitment—in which we give ourselves in service and deep community—works the gospel into every part of our lives. See Here for more on membership and baptism.

Now with our collegiate model, we also encourage you to affiliate with one of our three congregations. A congregation exists not because of one or several pastors or a church staff. It exists because the people of God are empowered by the Spirit of God to worship and serve Him in a particular place and time. Please consider affiliating with us and joining us in this journey of working toward Redeemer's overall vision in and through our West Side Congregation. 

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Thanks to all who sent us feedback!
We loved hearing from those of you who responded last week to let us know how you like the WS Update! Keep the feedback coming—Email Us.

Remember the Downtown Challenge!
One week left for the Downtown Challenge! If you haven't yet, we encourage you to check out the Website, be in prayer for the Downtown congregation, and consider what part God has called you to play in supporting John Lin and his team.

Serve
Advertising/Media Experts Needed for Special Project at MPSC
If you are a media strategist or you work in print or digital advertising, consider joining a group of volunteer media experts to think through an advertising plan for Midtown Pregnancy Support Center (MPSC). MPSC is an organization that provides options for counseling and other supportive services for women facing unplanned pregnancies. Contact Tanya for more information or to apply.

See our website for further needs listed on our Service Opportunities page.

Events
The Heart of the Matter: Relationships that Heal
Tuesday, June 19, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at W83 Ministry Center

Sandi Taylor, a counselor and longtime member of our Redeemer community, will lead this special class for women only. As women we care deeply about our relationships and yet often find them to be broken, filled with hurt and disappointment—even within our Christian community. This class will focus on how the gospel can transform our relationships into ones that are incarnational, offer healing and ultimately bring God glory. Register Here!

West Side Family Picnic
Sunday, June 24, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Riverside Park South Lawn

It's time for families to come together and celebrate summer with an afternoon in the park! Bring your own blanket and picnic food to Riverside Park's South Lawn. The South Lawn runs between 72nd and 75th streets in Riverside Park. Best entry is at 74th street, right off Riverside Drive. All families and friends welcome! Contact Benita if you have any questions.

 
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